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UPDATE: SCV high winds to continue Tuesday

Posted: December 9, 2013 9:37 a.m.
Updated: December 9, 2013 5:39 p.m.

High winds buffeted the Santa Clarita Valley on Monday, toppling at least two trees and sending deputies scrambling to respond to residential burglar alarms in several neighborhoods.

The offshore winds are expected to continue through 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to a high wind warning from the National Weather Service.

Trees toppled Monday in the North Park area of Valencia and in Begonias Lane Park in Canyon Country, said Gail Ortiz, spokeswoman for the city of Santa Clarita. No one was reported hurt in either incident.

Elsewhere, a limb snapped off a tree on private property in Canyon Country and fell on top of a truck, Ortiz said. The limb from a second tree fell near the intersection of Lakehurst Avenue and Fairweather Street in Canyon Country.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Deputy Josh Dubin said doors that aren’t latched tightly can blow open in strong winds like Monday’s, touching off burglar alarms and potentially inviting intruders.

But deputies who responded to such alarms found no burglars, he added — just wind.

Dubin’s advice to residents was to “make sure all your doors are closed tightly and locked.”

Gusts up to 45 mph are forecast Tuesday morning. Forecasters warned that gusty winds can make driving hazardous, especially for high-profile vehicles.

The wind comes on the heels of a frigid pre-winter storm Saturday that dropped little precipitation on the Santa Clarita Valley but shut down the Grapevine pass for hours during the afternoon and evening.

Nighttime lows are expected to be near freezing tonight as unseasonably low temperatures begin a slow crawl back to normal during the week. Highs are expected to reach the 60s through the weekend with lows in the 40s by Wednesday night.
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